Category Archives: Network

Virtualization needs open source! (And here’s why)

There’s little debate in our industry that network virtualization (NFV/SDN) is the way forward for telecoms’ infrastructure. So why are adoption rates of NFV/SDN architectures still low? That’s because two critical elements for realizing its benefits have been missing: a standardized way of automating NFV/SDN infrastructure (as opposed to a plethora of different solutions), and a more viable way of rolling out virtualization technology. Amdocs has long recognised this challenge and has been actively contributing through organisations like the TM Forum to find solutions. ONAP provides the answer to both. Its introduction of an open-source approach into telecommunications – an […]  More >>

Network Testing: Busting the 9-week barrier

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) promise to save service providers millions in hardware costs and shave weeks off the time to deliver and scale network services. Unfortunately those are forward-looking advantages that have little impact on today’s project schedules or the time and effort it takes new services to go from testing to production-ready. According to a recent survey conducted by Coleman-Parkes Research on behalf of Amdocs, getting the test-deploy cycle below nine weeks is the new benchmark! But it’s proving frustratingly elusive for engineering teams trying to balance intense market pressures to deliver broader coverage, faster […]  More >>

VR Apps – Setting a New Bar for Quality of Experience

It’s been a few months now since this year’s Olympic events ended with the ever-popular closing ceremonies, and it’s not surprising the next country in line has already started planning for not just new events that might make the roster (remember Rugby Sevens anyone?), but also how to broadcast these events to their viewers. For the first time in history at the 2016 Olympics, virtual reality (VR) technology allowed spectators at the games and at home to get a better than ringside view of the action. The UK’s BBC and NBC in the US delivered hundreds of hours of live events and replays in VR through apps using Samsung Gear VR headsets, while Canada’s CBC offered both headset and website content in VR.  More >>

Network analytics targets fiber rollout hotspots

Target for analyticsNetwork planners often focus mainly on network capacity, coverage areas, identifying bottlenecks and quality of service (QoS) issues. However, such an approach can lack a detailed understanding of the particular customer experience in any given area. Network analytics can help identify and prioritize fiber hotspots ensuring network investments are used to target the most important places first, for fiber rollout and upgrade. Determining whether a particular location will be profitable or not isn’t always easy without specialized tools. Service providers need to understand what will provide a good return on investment and how it will improve the customer experience. While […]  More >>

‘Pipe’ performance is critical to service providers’ success in the SME sector

Guest post from Teresa Cottam, independent analyst, Telesperience Access to the Internet and the Cloud is already transforming and invigorating the small and medium sized enterprise (SME) sector. The Digital Economy is delivering new innovative capabilities and opportunities into the hands of SMEs, transforming the economics of doing business and helping them compete more effectively in new markets and with larger rivals. It’s important to remember though that the effect of Digital Technologies are not homogeneous in this sector. In fact, the SME sector is extremely varied in terms of its digital maturity, and this is one of the reasons […]  More >>

Fixed line networks need smarter tools for efficient modernization

As networks are braced for the number of connected devices to shoot up from 11 billion today to 50 billion in 2020[1], fixed-line networks are under increasing pressure to provide the essential connectivity and capacity to keep up with data growth and rising customer experience expectations. Service providers will need to assess their current network rollout and modernization strategies to remain competitive and get ahead of the game, especially in light of falling ARPU and tightening deployment budgets. Smarter and more efficient approaches to fixed-line upgrade are needed. There is so much talk today about wireless access technologies that it’s […]  More >>

Networks and Highways

Waze, the popular GPS system, added a new feature with their latest release. Users can pick a date, time starting point and destination, and Waze will tell you what time you need to leave to arrive on time. The system presumably utilizes big data, calculating millions of pieces of information to determine the amount of time the drive will take at the specified time. Trying the system for the first time, I was impressed by the accuracy in the data, even though I entered my driving requirements into the system a day before my scheduled trip. Service provider networks function […]  More >>

The pivotal role of the CTO as a business enabler

Guest post: Marc Dowd, independent analyst Soon after I joined Forrester Research in 2006 I noticed something odd. My job then was the personal advisor to leaders of technology organisations. I helped them make use of the research that Forrester published. What I noticed early on was that there was a strong theme about the role of the CIO, but the CTO was hardly ever mentioned. Even then, nearly a decade ago, there was a sense that the CIO role was not fulfilling its potential, that it was a transitory position; a move from head of Information Systems (IS) on a path to […]  More >>

Optimizing the Connected Stadium

The excitement in the air is palpable. You have just entered the stadium to watch the Champions League final match. Your smartphone has just alerted you that kickoff is in 20 minutes and for just $30 you can upgrade to a premium seat with an incredible sightline. With a few clicks you order food and drinks that are delivered right to your seat – and you didn’t miss any of the action on the field. But even if you did, you are not concerned. There’s an exclusive live feed you can watch on your handheld device with multiple streams of […]  More >>

Surviving in a SON world

Mobile network operators (MNOs) are well aware that their networks are becoming increasingly congested. In fact, mobile data traffic is projected to increase at a CAGR of 42.5 percent over the next five years. And with networks now incorporating technologies from a growing number of equipment providers, complexity is only increasing, which complicates things even further. This is why MNOs are seeking vendor-agnostic optimization solutions that increase capacity as well as boost quality of experience (QoE) and ROI. So as the industry migrates towards the second-generation of self-optimizing networks (SON), now is the perfect time to look at what surviving […]  More >>